EUROPE SELF-SERVING IN TRADE TALKS WITH AFRICA

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Published on IPS, by Demba Moussa Dembele, September 2007.

SEPTEMBER 2007 (IPS) – The European Commission is pursuing a hidden agenda in its negotiations of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with African countries, writes Demba Moussa Dembele, director of the African Forum on Alternatives.

In this analysis, Dembele writes that the EC, claiming it wants to promote trade and investment in Africa, included the so-called ”Singapore issues” dropped from 2003 World Trade Organisation discussions following the strong opposition of African and other developing countries, which do not want to lock themselves into binding agreements on elements that are key policy instruments in their development process, particularly for industrialisation … (full text).

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